Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission to hold electronic scrap rule hearing, citizens encouraged to attend

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-356 For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission will hold its regular public meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. The meeting will be held at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.

The Department of Natural Resources' staff will present several underground petroleum storage tank enforcement cases to the commission. The commission will decide whether or not to refer these cases to the Attorney General's Office.

The commission will also hold a public hearing on an electronics scrap management rule. The commissioners will hear testimony relating to the proposed rule from the Department and the public. The electronics scrap management rule states computer manufacturers who sell computers and computer accessories in Missouri must have a Department approved recovery plan that specifies how the products will be collected and recycled or reused.

Senate Bill 720, which passed in the 2008 legislative session, directed the Department to create an electronics scrap management rule. The Department met with computer manufacturers, retailers and recyclers to discuss the rule options. Following the meeting, the Department wrote the rule that was published in the Aug. 3 edition of the Missouri Register.

The Department of Natural Resources requests people intending to give verbal presentations on the proposed public hearing items also provide a written copy of their testimony to the commission secretary at the time of the public hearing. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The Department will accept written comments on the proposed electronics scrap management rule through Oct. 22. More information on the rule is available online at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/escrap/rulemaking/rulemaking.htm.

In other rulemaking action, the commission will vote whether to approve the final orders or rulemaking for the tanks risk-based corrective action rules. A risk-based corrective action process determines what is needed to ensure contamination from a petroleum storage tank does not pose unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. A final order of rulemaking is one of the final steps before a proposed rule becomes effective.

For more information or a complete meeting agenda, including supporting documents, presentations and additional information about the commission contact the Department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or visit the Web at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm.